21 August 2020

Unsettled, Like the Weather

Some of us (me) are so affected by our environments.  The weather and the sky, the wind, the humidity, the pollen and dust flying through the air because of combining and harvesting, the haar rolling in from the North Sea.  The weather has been really unsettled lately, just like the world in general, and it is making it even more difficult for me to calm down, be at peace, and focus.

Shermy seems to feel it, too, but not as much as I do!

Shermy is one of those animals who can see things we can't, and sometimes his ears are on backwards!  He also is really good at standing stockstile and staring intently at things only he can see.

You can see the mist attempting to envelope this tree.  On days like this, it seems simultaneously hot and cold!  I do like standing and just feeling the air, and listening to the sounds that are, again, both muffled and clear.

Things are still in bloom.  Lots of flowers will hang on till at least the end of September.  Yet, we can feel that autumn is near.  My husband speaks often lately of how quickly things have turned and how you can feel the onset of fall.

Shermy, however, is more interested in cookie treats, whatever time of year it is!

Today, I finally saw through the window a butterfly on our buddleia.  Usually, it's just lots of bees and wasps.  I haven't actually seen many butterflies this year, sadly.  I'm wondering if the buddleias with purple flowers are more effective in drawing the butterflies than our white one.  

So, I'm attempting to refrain from all the political and religious comments, but it's hard.  We talk about it all quite a bit.  Mostly, we are concerned about the state of the church and how so many of the bishops are letting down the laity -- to the point of leading many souls astray, we fear.  We still plan to travel to Edinburgh for a Traditional Latin Mass, but it's a trek, and although it's the closest place to us, it requires at least one overnight to make it happen.  The plan had been for this weekend, but life got in the way, and we have postponed until next month.

Of course, we also talk about the state of politics, both here and in the US, and the dismal nature of the culture around us.  We're wondering, like everyone else, if there will be another "spike" (or at least whether we will be TOLD by the government there is a spike) in Covid or whatever, and whether the government will attempt another lockdown.  Parts of Scotland are already experiencing a "local lockdown".  Personally, we both believe this is a lot of nonsense, and the political agenda is to use any means available at this point to control the populace.

We believe the demons have definitely been unleashed.  Now is the time to build up our spiritual stores, and to remain faithful no matter what to Christ the King.
Therefore, shepherds, hear the world of the LORD: As I live, says the Lord GOD, because my sheep have been given over to pillage, and because my sheep have become food for every wild beast, for lack of a shepherd; because my shepherds did not look after my sheep, but pastured themselves and did not pasture my sheep; because of this, shepherds, hear the word of the LORD:  Thus says the Lord GOD:  I swear I am coming against these shepherds.  I will claim my sheep from them and put a stop to their shepherding my sheep so that they may no longer pasture themselves.  I will save my sheep, that they may no longer be food for their mouths.  

 For thus says the Lord GOD:  I myself will look after and tend my sheep.  [From Ezekiel 34:1-11]

This reading from Wednesday's Mass readings seemed very timely to me.  I wonder how many "shepherds" read this and felt uncomfortable.  I think many, many SHOULD have felt convicted, but probably didn't.  While this passage should strike fear and terror in the hearts of the shepherds, it should also bring the sheep some true comfort.  Never forget that we do know the final outcome!

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